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Football, Futbol, Futball Femenino, SNL

Made Sunday morning football practice with colada and orange juice in hand, Froot Loops down the gullet.

For those wondering about numbers, neither James Louis nor Daquan Hargrett has been assigned digits yet.

Defensive tackle Jason Fitch, who sprained a knee in the first scrimmage, is back at full practice as are wide receiver Mike Jean-Louis and offensive lineman Ceedrick Davis. Wide receiver Rockey Vann still is limited, but there's still a chance he plays Thursday against North Texas. He'll run with the first and second team Monday. Defensive back Demarkus Perkins had a stinger last week, but did contact drills Sunday. Coach Mario Cristobal said Perkins has lost some weight and improved his conditioning from two weeks ago.

FUTBOL

The men's soccer team (1-0) hosts FAU tonight at 7. The Golden Panthers beat Earth-Prime's Owlmen 2-0 last year. 

FUTBOL FEMENINO

While I was knocking out a burger (no cheese), rice and a pitcher of sangria at Van Dyke, the women's soccer team was knocking out their first win of the season, 1-0 over Akron. Kim Lopez scored in the 44th minute and FIU so dominated possession and play, keeper Kaitlyn Savage had to make only one save on Akron's paltry three shots at goal.

After taking the sabbath to rest and watch video, 1-2 FIU will try to even its record Monday at 7:30 p.m. against Florida Tech, a Division II Final Four team last season.

SATURDAY NIGHT LOSS

At the Cal Molten Classic, FIU's volleyball team took the court against No. 3 and tournament host Cal around the time East Coasters would be watching their local news and prepping for Saturday Night Live. Or, Saturday, watching The Weather Channel and prepping for Irene. The volleyball team might've still been on East Coast time, but Cal was right on time, dumping FIU 25-23, 25-16, 25-15 i the second match of the day for each. Sabrina Gonzalez had nine kills and four blocks. Marija Prsa had eight kills and Andrea Lakovic had seven. Chanel Araujo had 12 digs.

Earlier Saturday, FIU got rid of UCal-Riverside 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 with Prsa and Jovana Bjelica blasting 14 kills each and Bjelica doing it defensively, too, with 10 digs. Araujo led the team with 15 digs and Lakovic totaled seven blocks.

Gonzalez and Renele Forde were named to the All-Tournament Team.

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Thanks DJN for the Jambalia of news, thanks for mixing it up and telling us about the other sports. Any word about that hardship thing for Louis and Hargrett, i heard that there was a possibility that they might be able to play this year.

We need everyone to come to our opening kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 1st vs North Texas @ FIU Stadium. This is televised game on ESPN3 so we need everyone to come to the game and support your Golden Panthers. Go FIU !
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Hey genius, ESPN3 = the internet.

DJN, man, you need to update this blog consistently if you want people to stop here regularly.

Anything that's on the Internet can be televised, genius.

Blue&GoldHeart, either that's sarcasm or your computer is a reverse Super Max Headroom -- stuck 15 days in the past. I update it daily, sometimes, twice daily (occasionally, I just overwrite a post). I've had new blog posts up after you've gone to bed and another before you're up in the morning.
Friday, my scheduled day off, I updated it in the early evening, then updated again just before falling asleep for the night with my BlackBerry in hand, still signed on to the blog. Saturday, I took the day off. Sunday morning, I updated it during football practice and again after practice. The depth chart just came out, so you'll see a post with that later. I'm going to eat dinner with my wife first.

I think you are doing a terrific job, I really mean it, you have elevated quality this blog by a lot. I just saying there is so much stuff going on with recruiting, stadium, conference realignment, rumors, depth chart, transfers, etc; that you could take advantage of because your information would be unique..

I saw your update yesterday after the practice, I thought you would have something after today's practice too.

Hey, don't miss that dinner tonight, I was just trying to complement you a little, I like your job and I would like to have more of it..

Thanks,

Sorry, B&GHeart, I'm feeling pretty snappy today. Not a happy day at One Herald Plaza. Also, during the Sun Belt coaches conference call, I walked into a dead spot in the crib while getting coffee so my phone went out and I didn't get in the questions I wanted.
Conference realignment, I'd sum up this way: FIU goes to Conference USA in a few years and C-USA might merge with the MAC. Or, what remains of the Sun Belt. But as one coach said today, all it takes is one team not doing what you think and all the pieces align differently.
I shortchanged recruiting on this last blog post and originally meant for it to be a chunk of it. I'll try to make up for that tomorrow or Wednesday.

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